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legal troubles. >> thanks for joining us at 6:00. our top stories tonight, pope benedict the xvi giving his final blessings to a huge crowd in st. peter's square today. police estimated over 100,000 people gathered to listen to the pope's last weekly prayer. pope benedict thanked everyone for his prayers and support he's received in the recent weeks. the 85-year-old pontiff will step down on thursday at 8:00 p.m. >>> a special mass today before heading to the airport. >> he'll be taking part in the selection of a new pope. lauren? >> reporter: the cardinal stopped to speak with us. he said pope benedict's successor will have to have a balance between wisdom and energy. enough energy to take on the abilities and wisdom to lead the church. it's secretive, but he shared what he could with us. >> reporter: loaded to rome for the mission of a lifetime. >> apart from the most significant thing you could do, i can't imagine that i would have to do anything as important as this. >> cardinal donald world, departing from dull less international headed to italy. >> the preparation for something as
now. >> reporter: pope benedict xvi is retiring as leader of the church with loose ends still to bind. >> i see this really as a remarkable demonstration of his humility. >> i don't believe that we have -- the catholic church is going to select anyone very different. >> it knocked my socks off. >> reporter: there is all kinds of reaction today to the resignation of pope benedict xvi. >> in fact, and we'll miss him. >> reporter: monsignor bartholomew smith is pastor of saint bernadette's in silver spring and credits him with dealing with the child sex abuse scandal head on. >> you get to my generation of priests, people who entered the seminary 20 years ago, we have taken it seriously since the beginning when we first entered because we had just begun to hear about it then. and so, there is so little tolerance and it's changed the practice. we just don't allow ourselves to be in positions where somebody could, even suspect. >> reporter: the reverend clark, a presbyterian minister, is executive director of the enterfaith conference of metropolitan washington. he said benedict's
,000 people have been killed during the two-year civil war. >>> and pope benedict xvi is changing the rules of the conclave, days before he's set to step down. it would allow the college of cardinals to begin the conclave earlier. if they arrive before the 15- day transition period. pope benedict xvi signed the document making the change official today, part of the effort to have the new pope chosen before the start of holy week on march 24th. >> this movement is going on. >> no date is set. in order to have a new pope, he would have to be installed by sunday, march 17th -- 17th. >>> and the edge on d.c. and the council does something it's done once more. the council men was rip minuted and stripped of his oversight of the city's alcohol regulation. the punishment comes after a ruling by the ethics board, saying graham broke the code of connection. >>> and two rests -- arrests were made in high profile cases. he was gunned down last september and police charged the 20-year-old bennett the murder and had the gun to kill ross on him when he was arrested for another shooting and a series of ro
. >> a big change is coming for catholics. pope benedict xvi giving his second to last blessing in st. peter's square. we will have more when they woman back.  >>> a leaked immigration proposal from the white house is drawing criticism among republicans. the new bill would give illegal immigrants a chance to become permanent residents in a few short years. fox's doug luzader has more. >> reporter: the president has a new immigration plan and it's raising plenty of republican eyebrows on capitol hill. even if the details are sketchy. according to a draft that was leaked to "usa today," the president wants to create a special new visa specifically for illegal immigrants that would allow them to stay in the country while they wait for permanent legal status, even those with criminal records would be welcome so long as they haven't been convicted of three crimes or spent more than a year in prison. appears to be a long way from the bipartisan plan taking place on capitol hill. >> leaks don't happen in washington by accident. this raises the question that many of us continue t
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